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  • Wed, July 15, 2020 1:11 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*(dollars per gallon)full history XLS
    Change from
    06/29/20 07/06/20 07/13/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.430 2.437 2.438 0.001 -0.613
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.524 2.527 2.531 0.004 -0.549
    New England (PADD1A) 2.648 2.652 2.650 -0.002 -0.481
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.704 2.696 2.707 0.011 -0.565
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.377 2.388 2.387 -0.001 -0.554
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.299 2.306 2.313 0.007 -0.643
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.194 2.204 2.198 -0.006 -0.607
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.343 2.345 2.345 0.000 -0.630
    West Coast (PADD5) 2.948 2.960 2.954 -0.006 -0.670
    West Coast less California 2.586 2.596 2.594 -0.002 -0.615
    California 3.246 3.260 3.251 -0.009 -0.701
    *prices include all taxes

  • Thu, July 09, 2020 4:34 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    Animal Legialative News
    From the desk of Vanessa Gagne


    Circus performers relying on food banks with no hope of work

    Gandeys boss: 'Circuses could disappear if big tops are not allowed to reopen soon'

    Botswana's government is stalling efforts to get to the bottom of 350 mysterious elephant deaths, conservationists say

    Polis appoints activist to vet board, signs egg bill

    Ban on dog breeds like pit bulls are ‘ineffective’ says animal rights lawyer - Bans don’t work - education does

    More animal updates and links here

  • Wed, July 08, 2020 9:08 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*
    Change from
    06/22/20 06/29/20 07/06/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.425 2.430 2.437 0.007 -0.618
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.515 2.524 2.527 0.003 -0.554
    New England (PADD1A) 2.631 2.648 2.652 0.004 -0.482
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.694 2.704 2.696 -0.008 -0.579
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.370 2.377 2.388 0.011 -0.552
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.289 2.299 2.306 0.007 -0.662
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.197 2.194 2.204 0.010 -0.600
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.353 2.343 2.345 0.002 -0.635
    West Coast (PADD5) 2.945 2.948 2.960 0.012 -0.664
    West Coast less California 2.591 2.586 2.596 0.010 -0.612
    California 3.237 3.246 3.260 0.014 -0.693
    *prices include all taxes

  • Thu, July 02, 2020 4:16 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    From the Desk of Vanessa Gagne

    Animal Issues Legislative Update

    Iowa HF737​ was signed into law by Governor Reynolds this week. The bill summary is as follows, ​“House File 737, an Act relating to the regulation of persons involved with animals other than livestock and certain wild animals, providing for criminal offenses and court orders associated with animal mistreatment, and including penalties.”

    A woman is suing HSUS for raiding her house and confiscating her dogs. Ms.Fay was a dog breeder and several of her dogs died when HSUS took them into custody. Humane Society of the United States Sued for $35 Million Over Dog Seizure

    Another good donation opportunity for our community: ​ShowMe Tigers

    Ryan Easley has owned and cared for his tigers for a few years now. He normally spends the summers doing educational tiger shows at Circus World in Baraboo. Last fall he purchased new land for his winter quarters and then the pandemic hit.

    All news and links from Vanessa here

  • Tue, June 30, 2020 7:44 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    Now's your chance to participate in the
    IAFE Boot Camp!

    Take a day away from your other responsibilities and focus on IGNITING ideas, EXCELLING your knowledge, and UNITING with like-industry thinkers.

    This day-long "camp" features four sessions plus a Let’s Talk wrap-up session!

    Animal Health Update: Join Marla Calico, CFE – President/ CEO International Association of Fairs and Expos and her panel of experts, Dr. Julianna Lenoch, DVM, MPH, DACVPM Veterinary Epidemiologist with USDA APHIS-Veterinary Services and Dr. Bret Marsh, DVM - Indiana State Veterinarian, to review the state of Animal Health.

    Competitive Exhibits - What did we learn from COVID-19 & What Will We Keep? Out of crisis comes creativity. What have we learned during the COVID19 pandemic and how will we alter our future events to reflect the lessons learned? Join Paula Struble, CFE, Erie County Fair, NY; and Jessie McLaughlin, CFE, Spokane County Interstate Fair, WA; and Tiffany Burrow-Loushin, Alameda County Fair, CA to discuss their competitive exhibits takeaways and plans moving forward.

     Animal Exhibitor Insight: Learn from a panel of animal exhibitors and discover their perspective and insight to showing at YOUR events. These young livestock exhibitors’ range in expertise from swine to horses and everything in between.

    Where will the Competitive Ethics Meter Be Post COVID-19? Join Donna Woolam, CFE – Director of Agriculture and Education, The Eastern States Exposition (The Big E), MA as she and expert panelists from the food safety, production, and consumer arenas discuss “Has the ethical meter moved during COVID-19?” What will exhibitors expect beyond COVID-19?

    You won't want to miss the excitement the presenters will bring to you. The best part? Participate from the comfort of your home or office!

    Register Here https://www.fairsandexpos.com/Boot-Camp

    Join Us – July 28, 2020

    10:00 am – 4:00 pm (CDT)

    BOOT CAMP investment: 159.00 (per site)

  • Mon, June 29, 2020 7:40 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*
    Change from
    06/15/20 06/22/20 06/29/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.403 2.425 2.430 0.005 -0.612
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.501 2.515 2.524 0.009 -0.556
    New England (PADD1A) 2.628 2.631 2.648 0.017 -0.487
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.673 2.694 2.704 0.010 -0.566
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.359 2.370 2.377 0.007 -0.564
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.256 2.289 2.299 0.010 -0.625
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.174 2.197 2.194 -0.003 -0.609
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.346 2.353 2.343 -0.010 -0.655
    West Coast (PADD5) 2.930 2.945 2.948 0.003 -0.680
    West Coast less California 2.579 2.591 2.586 -0.005 -0.619
    California 3.218 3.237 3.246 0.009 -0.717
    *prices include all taxes


  • Thu, June 25, 2020 6:01 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)


    Please help oppose a ​traveling animal ban in Wilmington, MA​. The exact proposal can be read here, Article 65. https://www.wilmingtonma.gov/sites/wilmingtonma/files/uploads/revised_2020_town_wa rrant_v2.pdf

    Email the Wilmington Town Moderator your comments ​moderator@wilmingtonma.gov

    The original owners of Minnie, a Commerford elephant, are asking for donations going towards her care since the shutdown. ​Save Our Elephant


    Wildlife center barred from taking in new animals 

    Monkey laws pondered at public hearing 

    The Texotics 

    Fairfax County Looking to Clear Up ‘Confusion’ With Exotic Animals 

    Links and More here

  • Thu, June 25, 2020 4:41 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*
    Change from
    06/08/20 06/15/20 06/22/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.396 2.403 2.425 0.022 -0.618
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.501 2.501 2.515 0.014 -0.564
    New England (PADD1A) 2.629 2.628 2.631 0.003 -0.505
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.672 2.673 2.694 0.021 -0.564
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.359 2.359 2.370 0.011 -0.576
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.240 2.256 2.289 0.033 -0.637
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.172 2.174 2.197 0.023 -0.600
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.351 2.346 2.353 0.007 -0.677
    West Coast (PADD5) 2.918 2.930 2.945 0.015 -0.686
    West Coast less California 2.578 2.579 2.591 0.012 -0.615
    California 3.198 3.218 3.237 0.019 -0.731
    *prices include all taxes

  • Thu, June 18, 2020 4:04 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance Program Reopened to All Eligible Small Businesses and Non-Profits Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic

    Release Date
    June 15, 2020
    Release Number20-47
    Press_Office@sba.gov | (202) 205-7036

    WASHINGTON – To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today.

    “The SBA is strongly committed to working around the clock, providing dedicated emergency assistance to the small businesses and non-profits that are facing economic disruption due to the COVID-19 impact.  With the reopening of the EIDL assistance and EIDL Advance application portal to all new applicants, additional small businesses and non-profits will be able to receive these long-term, low interest loans and emergency grants – reducing the economic impacts for their businesses, employees and communities they support,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza.  “Since EIDL assistance due to the pandemic first became available to small businesses located in every state and territory, SBA has worked to provide the greatest amount of emergency economic relief possible.  To meet the unprecedented need, the SBA has made numerous improvements to the application and loan closing process, including deploying new technology and automated tools.”

    SBA’s EIDL program offers long-term, low interest assistance for a small business or non-profit.  These loans can provide vital economic support to help alleviate temporary loss of revenue.  EIDL assistance can be used to cover payroll and inventory, pay debt or fund other expenses.  Additionally, the EIDL Advance will provide up to $10,000 ($1,000 per employee) of emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties, and these emergency grants do not have to be repaid.

    SBA’s COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance

    • The SBA is offering low interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses and non-profit organizations that are suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19 in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories.
    • These loans may be used to pay debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact, and that are not already covered by a Paycheck Protection Program loan. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses.  The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
    • To keep payments affordable for small businesses, SBA offers loans with long repayment terms, up to a maximum of 30 years. Plus, the first payment is deferred for one year.
    • In addition, small businesses and non-profits may request, as part of their loan application, an EIDL Advance of up to $10,000. The EIDL Advance is designed to provide emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.  This advance will not have to be repaid, and small businesses may receive an advance even if they are not approved for a loan.
    • SBA’s EIDL and EIDL Advance are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response.
    • The SBA is also assisting small businesses and non-profits with access to the federal forgivable loan program, the Paycheck Protection Program, which is currently accepting applications until June 30, 2020.

    For additional information, please visit the SBA disaster assistance website at SBA.gov/Disaster.


    About the U.S. Small Business Administration
    The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

  • Thu, June 18, 2020 3:20 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    News for Immediate Release

    10700 Medallion Drive | Cincinnati, Ohio 45241 | gmpopcorn.com
    For more information about the release or images, contact Stephanie Goodin at 800-543-0862 or sgoodin@gmpopcorn.com .

    OREO® and Gold Medal Team Up to Create
    OREO Popcorn Kits

    Two of the world’s favorite snacks have come together to create an irresistible treat! Touted as America’s Favorite Cookie, OREO’s famous crème and chocolatey cookie crumbles have been combined with delicious popcorn to make a sweet-and-salty, cookies-and-cream popcorn sensation.

    Produced by the concessions equipment and supply industry leader, Gold Medal Products Co., the OREO Popcorn Kits will simplify the process of making this unique and tasty treat. Each kit contains one pouch of OREO Base Cake, one pouch of OREO Crème, and one bag of OREO Cookie Pieces. Kits also have the option of including popping oil and OREO Popcorn serving bags. In addition, point-of-sale materials are included with the kits to aid in promotional efforts. Each case contains four OREO Popcorn Kits. 

    Gold Medal was privileged to work in conjunction with OREO’s parent company Mondelēz International Group to bring this product to market.

    “OREO is a classic brand that’s so well-known and beloved by the public. Now with OREO Popcorn Kits, venues will be able to capture customers’ interest with a compelling and exciting product. This is a significant opportunity to provide a quality, delectable snack that also delivers attractive profit margins. We look forward to sharing OREO Popcorn through movie theaters, gourmet popcorn shops, and all types of concession stands across America,” stated Gold Medal president, Adam Browning.

    Research shows that sales of ready-to-eat popcorn/caramel corn continue to rise. The category of indulgent flavors has experienced substantial growth and cookie-inspired profiles are specifically driving sales according to Snack and Bakery State of the Industry 2019. The OREO Popcorn Kits are the ideal way to respond to current snacking trends.

    To order OREO Popcorn Kits, simply call 800-543-0862 or visit the Gold Medal website, gmpopcorn.com. 

    * OREO is a trademark of Mondelēz International Group, used with permission

    About Gold Medal: Gold Medal is the global leader for concession equipment and supplies including: popcorn, cotton candy, Sno-Kones®, gourmet popcorn, fudge, nachos, funnel cakes and more. The privately-held, family-run company began in 1931 and now employs more than 500 people across 16 locations, including its manufacturing headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, with a worldwide distribution network. Count on Gold Medal to deliver snacks, smiles & success!

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